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school. "cnn newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin who is in newtown, connecticut. >>> i'm brooke baldwin live today in newtown, connecticut, where today the new reality is sinking in. today parents are living alongside an empty room of the child they lost. left behind in that room, pajamas, favorite toys, books they always read together, parents who know this, even the smell of their child's pillow. and these first responders being called heroes, but still day in and day out living with the images no one could have prepared them to see. today, families are deciding on coffins, head stones, choosing songs that will play at the funerals of first graders. want to tell you about the two little boys who are actually being remembered right now. the funeral for 6-year-old jack pinto began just about an hour ago. jack will be laid to rest today in newtown village cemetery. just a little bit of background on this 6-year-old, jack adored football, his favorite player was new york giants receiver victor cruz. apparently he watched giants games while proudly wearing his cruz jersey. look at
in connecticut is so much greater than the pleasure that shooting at targets with a 30-clip would give to target shooters. really it's a no brainer to me. and the shooter in the aurora theater had a clip with 100 rounds of ammunition. that's why he was able to shoot up that whole theater in two or three minutes. and there were military personnel in there. if he had just been -- if he had had to stop, they could have tackled him. they could have taken him out. >> the reason he didn't have to stop, governor, is because he had those hundred-round clips. and let's not forget, governor, in newtown one of those kids had 11 bullets in him. we're talking about some unbelievable things here. >> unbelievable evil. you're absolutely right. one of the points the congresswoman made and we should remember this is in aurora although the majority of the victims were adults, there were two 6-year-old and 7-year-old and there was one 6-month-old baby. 6-month-old baby that got killed. so this isn't the first time we've lost our kids. >> when does it end? >> when does it stop? >> and when is the legislative respon
of newtown, connecticut. the people of connecticut can relate to these victims of the assault and all americans can relate to some extent this crime that's occurred. at this elementary school. madam speaker, i have four kids and 10 grandkids, three of my daughters are teachers by profession. my wife is a first grade elementary school teacher. and no parent, no parent ever wants to bury their child. they just don't want to do that. we never want our children to die in their youth. like these children did. so, madam speaker, we mourn with the families of connecticut. we must honor the victims in our prayers and in our words and ask the good lord to bless them, their families, the people of connecticut and yes, our country. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: the mall shooting that might have been worse and ended in newtown, connecticut, where it's impossible to imagine that it was worse. it's part of an ongoing pattern of c
. mourning for the murder of those 20 beautiful little kids up in new ton, connecticut, shocked that yet another mass murder here in the united states is being far, far too many of them committed violent assault weapons and hopefully start this week determined that this time this time at least we finally have had enough, this time we will finally, pull together as the president said last night. this time, we will finally do something to get these weapons of war out of circulation. we will be talking all about that this morning and a whole lot more. take time out first to get the latest. to the's current news update from the lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lease a. good morning. >> hey, bill good morning everyone. on the heels of the shooting which is one of the worst in history, not only is the nation mourning but it sounds like washington could finally be ready to push through some gun legislation. 20 innocent children with six adults were killed at sandy hook elementary. president obama spoke to a crowd much more than 900 mourners. he was understa
room, amid one man's unspeakable cruelty, tales of courage are emerging from newtown, connecticut. as shots drew nearer, teacher victoria soto threw herself between the gunman and her students. her family tells us how she should be remembered. >>> president obama comforting the families of those killed and how he remembers the love and prayers of a nation. we'll share his speech from last night's vigil. part of the speech, a call to action. president obama vowing to prevent another massacre. today gun control seems to have a tone of determination. a special edition of "newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello here in atlanta. joining me shortly, don lemon. hees in newtown, connecticut. let's begin here, shall we? we'll begin with the latest at sandy hook elementary school. today the first of the funerals get under way. 6-year-old jack pinto and noah pozner will be the first of the 26 victims laid to rest. we'll also learning more about the remarkable acts of heroism. one teacher, ann marie murphy, died while shielding students with her body. another
, the connecticut shooting investigation appears to be moving into a new phase at one crime scene. stand by. >>> a blizzard, rain, and high winds. a winter storm is on the move and holiday travel potentially could be taking a big hit. information you need to know. >>> and a new hollywood film about the hunt for osama bin laden is getting a terrible review from three united states senators. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." right now, the house of representatives is getting closer to a showdown vote on the house speaker's plan to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. it's a high stakes bargaining chip in the negotiations with president obama and it comes only 12 days before automatic tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect. that could take a painful toll on the u.s. economy. let's go to capitol hill. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is standing by with the latest. dana? >> reporter: well, wolf, the vote that the speaker calls plan b is about an hour away. we're told that republican leaders at this hour are still twisting arms, republican arms to make sure that
, the nra, making it clear today its opposition to any new gun laws in the wake of the connecticut shooting. on nbc's "meet the press" the group's ceo stood by remarks he made at an event on friday in which he argued for armed guards in school. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i'll tell you what the american people, i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe, and the nra is going to try to do that. >> but democratic senator charles schumer wasn't buying the single solution approach. >> we have to look at a holistic solution. we cannot just make the new normal one of these mass shootings every month, and that seems to be what's happening. so we should try all kinds of different things. >> it was a debate at the center of all the sunday morning talk shows with both sides making their case. cnn's barbara stahr following the story from washington. hello to you. what's the case that the nra is making right now? >> well, look, you know, wane la pi
children and teachers and others in connecticut, it is a time for congress to begin a thoughtful dialogue on what we can do to deal with these mass casualty incidences in our country. they have been going on for some time, but perhaps when we see the faces of children, principals, teachers, and others that burns upon our hearts and motivates us to take further action. i want to make sure that, mr. speaker, that congress takes the appropriate action in a thoughtful, willful, determined way, and not jump to quick conclusions as if simple fixes will prevent this from happening. first, to the parents of children across america who are asking questions, mr. speaker, i'd like to offer some of this advice and also in my background as a psychologist, it's important for people to remember this, parents should be asking their children what they have heard about the incident. we should listen to their concerns and their emotions. we should answer their questions with age appropriate information. we should support and comfort and reassure them of their safety at home and school. we should observe and
the news about the shootings in connecticut. first i heard three had died. that was bad enough, and then i heard 20 children had died. i was devastated. i have two grandchildren the same age as the children who were shot and killed in newtown, connecticut. on sunday, when i opened the newspaper to read about the shootings, i saw a photograph of one of the children who was killed. her name was emily. a little blonde-haired girl with a beautiful smile. she looked at me from the paper, i saw my granddaughter's elsa and tilly looking back at me. so i come to this issue as a grandparent whose children but for fate could have been in the same situation as the children in newtown. and come to this as a member of congress. you know the people back home in just about every district keep asking us why it is that we can't get anything done here. well, i'm a newcomer. i've only been here about five months, and i know what is going on in terms of the political gamesmanship. this is an issue on which political games have to stop. we should have members of the republican caucus standing with us today and
to figure out what the government can do to prevent another tragedy like the shooting in connecticut. is washington ready for a fight over guns that no one thought would happen? >>> blast from the past. find out what michael dukakis has to say about the idea of being a u.s. senator once john kerry becomes officially the next secretary of state. being a little bit coy. could he run? here comes the new. >>> good morning from washington. it is wednesday, december 19th, 2012. this is the. i'm chuck todd. >>> today could be the day the two sides come together for a big deficit reduction deal or we could be 24 hours from it totally falling apart. that seems like telling you everything and nothing at the same time. but there's something to this. follow me here. the president and speaker boehner have really never been closer to a deal. they both made major concessions over the last i'd say 72 hours. the nation still mourning the tragedy in connecticut. both sides have admitted that the tone of the talks have changed. >> an event like that, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer togeth
elementary school in newtown, connecticut, takes priority with me and makes this so-called fiscal cliff look like a mole hill. we are at odds are around here about money while all around us, unnecessary gods are proliferating in communities across our nation, and mental need -- mental health needs are not being met, in helping our society to crumble while we are sitting here mumbling around about whether or not we are going to hold hands and jump off a fiscal cliff, as serious as that is, and the consequences would be for a number of things. not only are we talking about america, we are talking about the world when we fail to do things we need to do. but for the moment, the issue of the day has to do with an adequate discussion on talks of the american people about just what we need to do regarding this measure. we cannot do everything, and i know that. we cannot stop evil and violence by educating everything, but in my judgment we can and we must do something. failure to do that is a helluva lot more important to me than whether the president and john boehner jump off a fiscal cliff. >> it
the horrific school shooting in newtown, connecticut. but are more guns in our schools really the answer? "outfront" tonight, ryan, political analyst, roland martin. good to see you. is this just playing up to the nra or a plausible solution? >> it's certain ly not a plausible solution, but the problem is, there are no plausible solutions. there's a guy, a criminalnologist who wrote a great piece about this. the thing with mass shootings, these guys are well prepared. and so, the idea from the right that you're dpoipg going to arm politician official, have them at every school is false and the idea on the left that you're going to eliminate guns, that's also false. you have to look at the gun violence problem more broadly rather than fighting the last war. >> but there is a disconnect in this conversation. the quote from frank lutz. here's what he had to say about the nra's propos. >> the public wants guns out of the schools, not in and they're not asking for a security official or someone else. i don't think the nra is listening. i don't think they understand. most americans would prote
, connecticut, that took the lives of 20 children and six staff members, funerals for the victims continue. on tuesday, two more students killed in the attack were laid to rest -- jessica rekos and james mattioli. both were just six years old. president obama is expected to announce today that vice president joe biden will head a new interagency task force to come up with the policies to address gun violence. but the white house says obama will not announce any major policy decisions on guns today. the debate launched by the massacre over gun control legislation continues to unfold. in its first official statement since friday's attack, the national rifle association said tuesday that it would "shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the murders" and that it is "prepared offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." the group reactivated its facebook account, which it had shut down after the shooting, and announced a press conference for friday. >> for more we're form a democratic congress member carol mccarthy of new york. her husband was killed and her son seve
in connecticut. what the chief medical examiner plans to look at that could help answer the question, why. ♪ the weather outside is frightful ♪ ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. jon: breaking right now. a scary situation in scottsdale, arizona. a school under lockdown there. police received reports of an armed suspect at a middle school there this morning. right now officers are searching the area, still looking for this person thought to have had a gun. the students have been told to assemble at a nearby church. there are side by side schools there. pardon me while i read this off the latest computer information. the actual alert came from the a middle school in scottsdale at 6615 east choya street. it is adjacent to shape pa -- chaparal high school
and in connecticut and not just this disaster but going back to 2011 and the catastrophe that connecticut suffered when you personally contacted me and offered assistance. i want the people to know that they have a real friend in the senator of louisiana. your leadership has been tremendous in this area. i want to briefly say thank you to the president for providing the strong leadership that he has in the wake of this disaster in connecticut. he prompely declared connecticut an emergency area and that permitted the s.p.a. to come along along with fema and the people on the ground that have been there for quite some time, many of the fema officials in advance of the storm. unfortunately, many of these recent storms and their scope and depth and the devastation they cause that we may face a new normal in this kind of catastrophic weather-related event. we need to prepare in the longer term as well as the short term that why the suggests made early this morning and other improvements will be made are so critically important. i think you need to know that the connecticut s.p.a. office has approved $6
of the horrific shooting in newtown, connecticut, on friday, it was impossible for me not to react not just as a senator, but as a parent, as a father. and as my wife and i spent the weekend reflecting on the heartbreaks loss of 20 innocent children and 6 of their teachers and faculty, as we talked to our own three young children about what had happened, we thought about the grief, the anguish. a whole range of different parents deeply touched by this tragic incident. the first, of course, are the parents who lost their precious, innocent children. their six- and seven-year olds in the massacre at sandy hook elementary school last friday. parents like joel and joann baker who lost their precocious outgoing red-haired daughter charlotte just six years old. joann recently bought charlotte a holiday dress in her favorite color -- pink -- and a pair of white boots. charlotte begged and begged to wear her new outfit early and on friday, december 14, the last day of charlotte's young life, her mother joann agreed. or parents like steve and rebecca kowalski, who lost their son chase. two days befo
. obviously we have been talking about the tragedy in connecticut, but you tweeted if we wait for gun tragedies to stop, before we can talk about smarter gun policies, we'll be waiting forever. >> yeah, there's a divide on the right and left about guns and it is as much cultural as it is political. i grew up in a gun family. my dad is a gun guy, and nra guy, and i have probably been to more gun shows than virtually every pundit who has appeared on cable news this week and i can tell you it's time to close the loophole, reinstitute the assault weapons ban. we're never going to get rid of every gun. you know, hal was talking on the show yesterday about the culture, and there is a fear -- i think if you were to tell gun enthusists that all you wanted to go is register every gun that people owned, make sure that they were licensed, and that's all that was going to happen, and they were confident that that's is all that is going to happen, they would go for it. but the fear they have is somebody is going to come and scoop up their guns. and where does that come from? th
. coming up next we will talk to john larsen, the outgoing democratic caucus chair from connecticut. later on we continue our fiscal cliff series with a discussion on the impact it has on social security. we will be right back. ♪ [video clip] >> the white house was very controversial. there was competition for the design of washington city. americans were not having a palace. it was not particularly all inspiring. in 1821 a european diplomat told congress that it was neither large nor khatami inspiring -- often inspiring -- awe inspiring. perhaps some president would be inclined to become the permanent resident if it were. >> niki goldberg has gathered some of her favorite white house photos. watch on sunday evening. eastern and space -- eastern and pacific. >> my inspiration was the idea that i wanted to explain how it happened. we do know the story of the cold war. we know the documents, we have seen the archives that describe the relationships between roosevelt, stalin, churchill, and truman. we know the main events from our point of view. what i wanted to do was show it from a differ
in newtown connecticut to avoid such events in the future. like most americans, we were shocked by what happened. like all americans, we've been discussing all of the various options that are available to protect our children. and at this point we would like to share our thinking with you. and for that purpose i'd like to introduce wayne lapierre, our executive vice president. thank you for being with us. at the end of this conference we will not be taking questions but next week we will be available to any of you who are interested in talking about these or other issues of interest to you so contact us at that point. thank you very much. wayne. >> good morning. the national rifle association, 4 million mothers, father's, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of newtown, connecticut who have suffered such an incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime. out of respect for the families and until the facts are known, the n.r.a. has refrained from comment. while some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain,
of massachusetts, connecticut and the state of rhode island could look at over six inches of snow with areas possibly seeing a foot of snow. so again the chance of seeing more snow from this next storm system is increasing here. it is pulling in a lot of moisture from the gulf of mexico. that is one of the reasons why we think we could see a little more than originally anticipated. right now it is producing snow across areas in chicago, northern parts of the state of indiana that into michigan. on the southern end of the storm system we have showers and thunderstorms in louisiana, mississippi and tennessee. eventually both of these areas will be coming together and moving towards the northeast. i do quickly want to point out between these areas we're actually seeing freezing rain falling early this morning across places in arkansas and northern texas. please drive carefully out there. that is outside the city of memphis as well. western portions of state of tennessee dealing with possible icing on the roadways. otherwise a number of winter weather advisories issued for the state of new jerse
york city, for instance. >> dave: new jersey, connecticut. >> clayton: you're not living the dream. >> juliet: it's sort of subjective. well, actually not subjective you can look exactly at what people live here for 250 or people in san francisco, another expensive city, it doesn't go that long, didn't go that far. >> dave: the bottom line, it appears they've moved the goal post and it may be around the $400,000 mark and that may be the new 250 if you will. may be where ne get the deal done. and upwards towards the 500 mark, but here are two congressmen on perhaps moving this up. >> the $400,000 level seems to me to be about right, that represents about the top 1% of the income earners, the people who got 93% of the income growth our last year and that seems to be enough, but i think there's some flexibility there. >> it's about making sure that we can live within our means and address the real problem and that's spending. i kind of feel like i'm a lifeguard and we've got to save as many people from drowning in higher taxes as we can. >> clayton: that seems to be the new threshold
yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. blumenthal: thank you, mr. president. i want to join in thank the chairman of the armed services committee, senator levin, and the distinguished ranking member, senator mccain, for the extraordinary bipartisan work they have done on this measure and also the accommodation and consideration they've given to all of us who have proposed amendments, as well as to their staff, and the majority leader. it has been an extraordinary work for the national defense and national security of our nation, and on behalf of connecticut, which produces many of the key products involved in this bill -- the joint strike fighter, our submarines, the sikorsky helicopter -- we have a great deal of pride in the support that the united states senate has given today to our national defense and the production of such great products, as we do in connecticut. i'm going to ask now unanimous consent that the agriculture, nutrition, and forestry committee be discharged from further consideration of s. 1947 and that the senate proceed to its
obama can reaction to the connecticut school shooting. then the ceo of bank of america on the future of home ownership. after that a look at the so- called fiscal cliff on tax filings. >> the white house was very controversial. they submitted a design for the palace. this was not particularly of inspiring. the answer he gets said the building served its purpose. if it were larger and more elegant perhaps some president would be inclined to beat it permanent residents. >> niki -- and vicki goldberg has favorite white house photograph. what sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. eastern. >> as president obama begins a second term in office, what is the most important issue he should consider in 2014? >> if you are in great 6312 share your message of the president. >> now president obama on the school shooting in connecticut. the president said it is time for the country to "take meaningful action." he was first notified by, and security adviser. he ordered flags at half mast. >> this afternoon, i spoke with governor malloy and fbi director mueller. i offered governor malloy my condolences on beha
from connecticut would like to speak for five minutes. and i was hoping that we could get some time where we could go back and forth and talk about the magnitsky aspects of that legislation now. am i correct, mr. president, the bill has not yet been -- going to be reported now? perhaps we could enter into a consent as to the next 30 or 40 minutes. the presiding officer: morning business is closed. under the previous order the senate will proceed to consideration of h.r. 6156, which the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number -- mr. mccain: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent further reading be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: mr. president, i also note note the presence of our friend, senator lieberman on the floor, who also has had a major role in this legislation. and i would hope that perhaps he could be -- i ask unanimous consent he be included in the colloquy. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: again, could i ask my friend, senator cardin, i have a statement that i wanted to make before the colloquy, and i know yo
. mr. mccain: i would ask unanimous consent that the senator from connecticut be allowed four minutes, the senator from michigan allowed three minutes and i be allowed two minutes before the vote. the presiding officer: without objection. the senator from connecticut. mr. lieberman: i thank the chair and i thank my friend from arizona. i'm honored to rise to support his amendment and just to make a few points. the first is to assure all of our colleagues that this is just an amendment that asks the pentagon to conduct a study. it's nothing more than that. and i want to particularly say that to reassure anyone who is concerned that somehow this is an authorization for the use of military force. look at the wording here. that's just not the case. all we're debating here is whether -- and voting on is whether the pentagon should be asked to do a study of the possibility of how we might stop bashar al-assad's air force of committing acts of murder against his own people. in my way of thinking today, the truth -- two things. one is this amendment is simply a way of saying that we in the se
't be bothered with this place anymore. outgoing senator of connecticut. >> thank you. >> neil: good to see you. >> thank you, neil. >> neil: given your reputation and respect that both parties hold for you many argue you will be the guy that helps bridge this gap. do you see that role? do you see anyone bridging this before the end of the year? >> i would love to play that role, but i got to tell you that right now, this is a to top-down hierarchal process. it's president and boehner. so the rest of ru russian us arg on sending messages by coming to your show. >> neil: the message i got is that you are not near a deal. is that accurate? >> guest: that is accurate, but the fact that president obama, speaker boehner met at the white house sunday, they put out the same statement, they haven't said anything for two days. >> neil: speaker boehner did. he was griping about the president not giving specific on spending. nancy pelosi was saying, you know, boehner is wrong. >> you have to reach to find encouraging news right now. everybody thinks we are going to get together and not let the country go
hook elementary in connecticut has sparked a number of discussions over the best way to keep our schools safe and prevent against similar tragics in the future. the challenge that's now inspiring a growing number of u.s. teachers to take matters into their own hands. clauda cowan is live with us with the story, hi clauda. >> reporter: hi, heather. days before teachers and students return to classes after the winter break, one newly elected state lawmaker has a controversial idea, to let teachers bring guns into the classroom. state elect, elizabeth law would allow pilots to bring dpns into the cockpit. the plan would be optional and wouldn't cost anything since teachers would be using their own guns. listen. >> the number one concern for me is public safety in our schools. i don't want our children to be sitting ducks, i don't want our teachers to be sitting ducks and i want to hear any and all ideas. my idea is just one. >> reporter: in nearby utah, it's already legal to carry guns in the classroom, a record number of teachers attended a training seminar last week. teachers ar
and gun sales have gone way up since the deadly shootings in newtown connecticut a couple weeks ago. gun rights activists are worried that tighter restrictions could be passed in the new year. >>> there was a solemn vigil today outside a gun shot, which called for a crackdown on gun sales. demonstrators rang bells and pray prayed it's one of the most profitable gun dealers in the nation. they called for the end to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. >> we come at this hour to condemn the use of guns in every act of violence throughout this nation and indeed this world. >> the owner of realco guns did not respond for requests for comments. a few miles away, people at target practice told us they feel for the newtown victims, but they believe in responsible gun ownership. >>> u.s. customs officials have had a busy week keeps drugs from coming into the country. last friday agency's 214 pounds of a leafy stimulant, part of a shipment supposed to be made up of wood coffee tables. on christmas eve agents found more than 11 pounds of heroin sewn into the lining of a suitcase carried by
of same-sex marriages in states where they are legal under state law. nine states -- connecticut, iowa, maine, maryland, massachusetts, new hampshire, new york, vermont, and washington allow same-sex marriage or soon will. so does washington, d.c. record lines are expected for those wanting a first come, first serve seat during the historic supreme court proceedings. as nbc's pete williams puts it, today's move by the supreme court could result in the roe v. wade of guy rights. joining me now is political strategist steve elmendorf and chris geithner, senior political reporter for buzz feed. steve, i want to go to you first on this. there has been a lot of discussion and a lot of back and forth whether it's a good thing for marriage equality for the supreme court to take up these issues. some folks think better to leave it at the state level. there has been a lot of progress there. are you bullish or bearish on this? >> i'm bullish. i think the supreme court is going to do the right thing. you know, it's hard to predict, but i think the country has been moving so fast in the right dire
senator from connecticut, my dear friend, senator joe lieberman. when joe lieberman announced early last year that he would not seek reelection to the senate, he called himself a lucky guy for having had the opportunity to serve his state and his country. i would contend that it is we in this chamber and the people throughout connecticut and across our nation who are the ones who are truly fortunate, for joe lieberman's life long commitment to public service, including his 24 years here in the senate. for more than a decade it has been my privilege to serve with joe as the leaders of the senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee. regardless of who has been chairman and who has been ranking member, ours has been a partnership. and indeed, mr. president, i'll never forget when i was losing the chairmanship because of the change in control, joe leaning over to me and saying "don't worry, susan. all that will change is that you'll pass me the gavel." it was typical of his thoughtfulness and generosity. and it is not coincidental, mr. president, that ours is the only committ
will announce they will add 300 hours of classroom time in colorado, connecticut, massachusetts, and tennessee. it comes with a hefty price tag. the unions say no go until they get extra pay to add those hours. michael graham is the radio host at wtkk-fm and columnist with the ""boston herald"." >> i think about how could you use longer school days to get better grades? tell them if you get better grades you don't have to stay longer. martha: the curriculum gets shorter all the time and we hear from teachers who say we don't have time to get through everything. so thing like cursive writing get drops along the way. is this a good idea? >> no one questions what is the result you want to get? get? one of the highlights of the story is they will have more time for arts and music. our kids stink at math and science. there is no indication there is a link between this dump of federal and local money and whether results. the school system is one of the worst in the state. we gave them a free $100 million high school to motivate learning and test scores haven't changed at all. no one can connect this
children are being bombarded about the stories of war on christmas. guy up in connecticut the governor who was not going to light the christmas tree and going to call it a holiday tree. mean while 85, 90% of country believes in one form of christianity? >> the irony is in deer born, michigan the state spent $25,000 to build foot baths for muslims at the university of michigan at deer born. now, imagine what would have happened if somebody had spent taxpayer money to build a nativity scene on the campus? you would have gone crazy. it's not just that there is an anti-christian bias in the country, which i think, you know, generally there is, i think the fact that there is a double standard that's even more troubling. >> who is coming up on your show tonight? >> gabby douglas, olympic gold medalist, we also have richard marks, the singer who will be doing a christmas song for us. and then we also have greg gutfeld because we are willing to reach out there and go deep. >> holiday spirit. randy forbes, children's miracle network from virginia will also be with us. >> gutfeld's book by the way "
and also some areas across eastern connecticut, parts of rhode island, and eastern massachusetts could be picking up significant snowfall, over six inches possible. pennsylvania, three inches. we could be seeing some here in new york city. >> juliet: all right. we'll get a little snow for the new year. >> eric: tough storm, but these ski areas, ski-related businesses have had two real tough years out of the last three. >> juliet: that's true. >> eric: a lot of people employed in those jobs. >> kelly: it cause a lot of tie-ups for people who want to get home. good silver lining. >> juliet: i got friends coming in from florida today. they're like please, let it snow. all right. now let's get to some headlines. new photos show north korea has repaired flooding damage at its nuclear test facility. it could launch its next missile test in as little as two weeks. that's the analysis of johns hopkins. the report says there is still water streaming out of a tunnel. that could pose problems. >>> if a deal isn't reached by midnight on sunday between labor union shipping at ports from boston to h
of the flag flying half staff because of today's shooting at the school in connecticut. associated press reporting at least 27 people were killed at the sandy hook school in newtown connecticut. 18 of the victims believed to be children. 20 minutes ago president obama address to the nation and said our hearts are broken today. speaking in the white house briefing room the president pledged, she said, quote, we have to come together and take meaningful action. you can see the entire state of the president on the web site, c-span.org. the flag on the u.s. capitol you see the shot flying half staff ordered by speaker john boehner as you know the speaker and the president have been speaking on the so-called fiscal cliff and as part of the washington journal seriously look at unemployment insurance, what is funded and how that might be affected by the so-called fiscal clef. -- cliff. this is about five minutes. >> we turn to unemployment insurance and how the benefits could be impacted. joining for the discussion as the times' national correspondent. thanks for coming in. we want to start the
, connecticut, many would wonder what do they have in common. an enormous gun tragedy and the loss of 26 lives, and americans suffering from a devastating storm. our hearts go out to those babies lost. it speaks to americans in need. that is why i am so trouble to be on the floor today. the framework we have says to america when you are in need, we will not be prepared to help you. what is disappointing, and i know for the speaker, it is probably the same case. just about three days ago, we thought there was a deal. between the white house and the framework offered. of this leadership house. it is disappointing. in the course of a couple of days, we have come to a situation where this plan, plan b, raises only about $300 billion from high income households. the centers for budget priority suggests millionaires would get tax cuts over $1 million. what would the middle class get? plan b and aroused -- allows the old bush tax cuts to continue to continue the deductions for the rich, giving them more opportunities to keep their money. we will lose $400 million under this plan in high income revenu
here, just a few hours drive from his connecticut roots but a world away to one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, the phillips exiter academy. he helps find some of the best and brightest young minds across the world and hopes he's discovered even more out here. >> that's what i want for the inner city kids, that they can have this imagination. that yes, you belong. >> reporter: a message heard loud and clear. >> so cool. my dream is to go to yale. >> reporter: on a new field of dreams. ron mott, nbc news, exiter, new hampshire. >>> we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc. [ boy 1 ] hey! that's the last crescent. oh, did you want it? yea we'll split it. [ female announcer ] made fresh, so light, buttery and flakey. that's half that's not half! guys, i have more! thanks mom [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin [ female announcer ] holiday cookies are a big job. everything has to be just right. perfection is in the details. ♪ get to holiday fun faster with pillsbury cookie dough. >>> still to come on "today," target >>> good saturday m
traffic trying to get back to the capitol for a vigil that we were having for the newtown, connecticut atrocity, i kept remembering the words "even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil for you are with me." i found myself asking in the car how was it that he was able to walk so confidently through the valley of the shadows of death? i began to speculate. i thought, perhaps, he could do it because he had been in that valley before. i had heard the story of the silver dollar that saved his life. he had two silver dollars in his pocket. he had been in the valley of shadows before, walking through, not jogging or running, with the temperament, he could walk through. i said there has to be more than that. i continued to drive, and i thought, perhaps, he was able to walk so confidently into the valley of the shadows because he knew there was light in that valley. you can't have shadows without light. i remembered his prayer breakfast speech, only a few weeks ago, and how he talked about his faith roots, and i knew that he had illumination in the valley
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